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Cathay Pacific congratulates Hong Kong International Airport on 'Cargo Airport of Year 2002' award

21 Mar 2002

Cathay Pacific Airways today congratulated Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) for its efficiency and commitment to customer service in being named "Cargo Airport of the Year 2002".

HKIA has been the world's busiest airport for international air cargo since 1996. The airport is already used by 65 airlines serving 130 cities world-wide. The award made by the London-based Air Cargo News was made in recognition of the airport's commitment to improving customer services.

Hong Kong is already Asia's leader in logistics development. The Air Cargo News award now places HKIA in the number-one slot for air cargo in the world. In the year 2001, 2.08 million tonnes of cargo were shipped through HKIA. Air cargo shipments for the first two months of 2002 rose by 9.2% compared to the same period last year.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Cargo Kenny Tang said: "This award for Hong Kong International Airport is well-deserved. HKIA plays a very important role in developing Hong Kong as the logistics centre of Asia. Cathay Pacific fully supports that initiative - shipping cargo directly to more than 50 destinations.

"Throughout its history, Hong Kong has been at the centre of world trade. That is no less true today. Hong Kong is a focal point for trade within Asian and between Mainland China and the rest of the world. Hong Kong International Airport truly is a logistics hub for the 21st Century."